Thursday, November 26

thanksgiving 2015

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. We hosted dinner this year, so I had a busy day and a half preparing. I took off work yesterday and did most of the prep work then so today was a breeze.

My family (parents, grandmother and brother and his family) were in attendance. Despite the relatively small numbers, it was requested that I make a double batch of mashed potatoes (evidently we didn't have enough left over the last time we had Thanksgiving here). I also took it upon myself to make a double batch of stuffing as we had none left last time and stuffing is my very favorite Thanksgiving food.

Anyway, it was a nice afternoon and the three of us have already done a round of leftovers. I'm already looking forward to lunch.

Wednesday, November 25

there was a little girl

This book was written by Ed McBain. The main characters in it were part of a circus. Coincidentally, Jake and I are currently watching season 4 of American Horror Story, the theme of which is a carnival/freak show. It was a little confusing to be concentrating on two similar stories at once.

At any rate, all Ed McBain books are good and this one was no different. It ended with a cliffhanger, which is unfortunate, because I don't read the books in order (the book was part of the Matthew Hope series). Who knows? Maybe I already read the next one in the series.

This always seems to happen, but I received the newest Stephen King book right after I started reading this one, so I'm looking forward to starting that one tonight.

My rating: 3.5/5

Monday, November 16

one less tooth

Buster had his abscessed tooth removed today. While they were in there, they also cleaned his teeth. I picked him up from the vet's office at 6 and he's still pretty out of it. But, at least the problem has been taken care of. Hopefully this will be the end of the vet bills for a little while.

Sunday, November 15

top 13

Brian and I were talking about movies lately and what we thought were the top 10 best--not necessarily our top 10 favorites, but movies we really liked that we thought others should see. For example, Mulholland Drive is one of our favorites, but it didn't make the cut because it doesn't appeal to a large enough audience. We also tried to keep it to one film per genre (so that's why Goodfellas is on there and The Godfather is not).

We couldn't get the list down to 10, so here's our top 13 (in no particular order):

  1. The Shawshank Redemption
  2. Pulp Fiction
  3. Fight Club
  4. Goodfellas
  5. Se7en
  6. The Silence of the Lambs
  7. The Usual Suspects
  8. Saving Private Ryan
  9. American History X
  10. The Departed
  11. The Shining
  12. No Country for Old Men
  13. Groundhog Day

Saturday, November 14

the gift

This was an interesting psychological thriller, starring one of my favorites, Jason Bateman. It definitely had a unique premise, but I wish it would have had a firmer conclusion. Still, not a bad way to spend 2 hours.

My rating: 3.5/5

Tuesday, November 10

r.i.p. alice

Our sweet dog Alice was put to sleep today. Among other health issues, she had been really struggling to get around in recent weeks. And, while it has been a slow progression overall, she got to the point where we had to make a decision.

We were lucky to have had her in our lives for as long as we did. When we adopted her over 9 years ago, we figured she'd only be around for a few years, given her age (approximately 5-6), but boy were we wrong about that.

She was a constant companion (literally, since she followed me around wherever I went). She was our official "office dog" and was part of the company since we opened in 2008. We've taken her on a number of vacations. I like to think that she had a good life.

Alice was the best dog. She will be missed.

Sunday, November 8


This was a pretty good war movie. I don't think it's going to stick with me like "Saving Private Ryan" did, but it was definitely engaging. The guys liked it, too.

My rating: 3.5/5

Wednesday, November 4

buster update

Buster finished his course of antibiotics on Friday, but the swelling in his face did not completely go away. So, I called the vet yesterday and scheduled him for an extraction on the 16th of this month. I was kind of hoping to catch a break with the vet bills after the whole cat thing, but I guess that is not in the cards.

Sunday, November 1

end of an era

Jacob went trick or treating for what I hope was the last time last night (at 15, he's getting kind of old for this).

Since he didn't push it and since I don't like clutter, we didn't even decorate this year. No pumpkin, either (but, we really need to remedy the pumpkin thing next year).

We had about 60 trick or treaters at our house, which was the expected amount.

And, now the countdown is on for Thanksgiving and Christmas.